MS lawmakers are sending up their decision to remove the Confederate emblem from their flag.
Legislators put the Confederate emblem on the upper left corner of MS flag in 1894, as whites were squelching political power that African Americans gained after the Civil War.
Governor Tate Reeves tweeted on Saturday that with state legislators deadlocked for days as they consider a new flag "it's time to end it".
"This is an opportunity for us to find a flag that's unifying for all Mississippians, and that's what we're going to do", House Speaker, Philip Gunn, a Republican, told cheering legislators, the Clarion Ledger newspaper reported.
Athletic directors and coaches from MS universities have also urged lawmakers to act.More news: Trump promotes video showing apparent supporter shouting 'white power'
In the meantime, MS will have no official state flag.
"I know there are many good people who. believe that this flag is a symbol of our Southern pride and heritage", said Mr White. But I love this particular symbol not just for what's there - bits of red and blue and white holding together despite it all - but also for what's missing.
Georgia put the battle emblem prominently on its state flag in 1956, during a backlash to the civil rights movement. But the slogan has been the official motto of the United States since 1956 and the courts have consistently ruled that, as a motto, it has no coercive power and amounts to mere secular deism.
That meant the banner lacked official status.More news: Hong Kongers march in silent protest against national security laws
The push to change the flag has grown dramatically in the past week. Lawmakers have cleared the way for legislation to remove and replace the flag. They put the issue on a 2001 statewide ballot, and people voted to keep the flag.
But Governor Reeves warned Saturday that changing the flag would not end racism or end divisions in his state.
Winter said yesterday that removing the Confederate symbol from the banner is "long overdue". Many described the day in historic terms, invoking the Founding Fathers, their own family histories and future generations in explaining their votes.
Ole Miss basketball coach Kermit Davis was among a contingent of 46 coaches and administrators from eight public universities who went to the state legislature Thursday to lobby for the emblem's removal.
"I would guess that a lot don't even see that flag in the right corner up there", Edward Blackman, an African-American Democratic lawmaker, told colleagues during the debate Saturday. Call your children or grandchildren today (we should all talk to family more often anyway), ask them how they feel about the flag change, listen, and talk. "Let's vote today for the MS of tomorrow".More news: Microsoft to close all its retail stores - Hardware - Software